Summer Highlights

Making the most of your summer in the Washington Area

Even if you have a vacation planned or the kids will be busy this summer with camp, chances are that you will have some time at home to enjoy what the DC area has to offer. Washington DC itself is a tourist destination, so why not approach your home town the way others do - get out there, see the sights and participate.

Day trips - Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and even Pennsylvania have much to offer just one, two or three hours outside of DC. Visit the historical Harper's Ferry, picturesque Cunningham Falls State Park in the Catoctin Mountains, Luray Caverns, Chesapeake Bay or hit the beach. Northern Virginia Magazine has many great suggestions for easy day trips in the area.

Free and outdoor movies and concerts - For something a little different after a day at work and picking the kids up from day camp, try a free outdoor movie or concert. Bring a blanket or some beach chairs, snacks and drinks and settle in for some breezy entertainment. See the links in the column to the right for lots of options for free, outdoor movies and concerts.

Museums and historical sites - The Nation's Capitol, Civil War sites, memorials, the Smithsonian - we've got it all and more! You can even sit in Einstein's lap. Make this summer the "someday" when you finally get to see those sites you've been meaning to get to.

Volunteering - Give back to your community on a one time basis or sign up for an ongoing project. Volunteers often say they get so much more than they give when they get involved. See the column to the right for information about volunteering. 

Activities for the pool, beach and backyard - Keep the family entertained while you catch up on your reading or relax. With a few supplies and a little planning any beach, pool deck or backyard can be turned into a fun zone. Check out these ideas on Pinterest, Listotic, and Craftionary.